Top Choice Italian in Irkutsk


It’s pretty obvious from the outside that Figaro is no ordinary Siberian eatery. The glass fronted dining space peppered with works of art and graced with unpretentiously stylish laid tables fills daily with diners …
Top Choice Russian in Irkutsk


Arguably the best eating addition in the 130 Kvartal, this retro restaurant serves up a 100% Soviet-era menu (think upmarket pelmeni, okroshka, shchi, kvas and grandmother's pickles) in a plush Stalinist banqueting …
Top Choice Mongolian in Irkutsk


Take your taste buds to the Mongolian steppe for some yurt-size portions of mutton, lamb and steak as well as filling soups and buuzy (dumplings), sluiced down with a bottle from the decent foreign wine list. Smiley…
Cafeteria in Irkutsk


When it’s midday feeding time in the city centre, this gaudy self-service canteen with red leatherette seating divided into cubicles and a menu of meatballs, pasta, pancakes and the odd healthy option, is the one of…
Cafe in Irkutsk


With its menu of imaginative salads, filling soups and (almost) healthy mains, this is no ordinary point-and-eat canteen. Swab the decks with a Slovak lager then sit back and admire the interior, a mishmash of old n…
Vegetarian in Irkutsk


Irkutsk’s only meat-free restaurant is a small self-service affair with a half-hearted Indian theme and a menu of soya sausages, basmati rice, spicy soups, mild curries, quorn chilli con carne, imaginative desserts …
Russian in Listvyanka

Proshly Vek

Listvyanka’s most characterful eatery has a nautical theme, a fish-heavy menu and Baikal views. The upper floor is filled with fascinating old junk which you can admire while tucking into omul done any which way you…
Supermarket in Irkutsk


Supermarkets are surprisingly rare in Irkutsk so this centrally located, open-all-hours store is a god-send. Stocks a lot of ready-to-eat meals (meatballs, steaks, salads), ideal for long train journeys.
Russian in Listvyanka

Berg House

Between the Mayak Hotel and the post office, this Anglophone-friendly cafe has understatedly laid picnic tables, pleasant service, large portions of fish and meat and Ukrainian Obolon beer on tap.
Supermarket in Slyudyanka

Vsyo budet OK

The 'Everything's Gonna Be OK' supermarket opposite the bus station is the place to stock up on enough noodles, cheese, bread and instant porridge to keep you going all the way to the Urals.